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September 12th, 2011 #1
Practice Like a Madman
My name is Michael Vladimir Nicolayeff. I've been working in the creative industry since 2006, mainly making 3d graphics for VR. I don't put much of that into this thread, however: I use this sketchbook mainly for studies, sketches, and general life drawing.
When I started this sketchbook at the end of 2011, I felt I'd been stranded on a plateau. Since then I've redoubled my efforts and have seen some major improvements in my color use and ability to depict volume. I still have a lot to learn.
Now my main goals here are to get better at environments, landscapes, industrial design, perspective, anatomy, and especially storytelling.
I'd like to be able to communicate something further about the subject than merely what it looks like. If I create a robot, it should be clear what it's made of and what it could be used for. If I create a person, they should broadcast their personality through their clothing, face, and body language, and appear to be a unique individual. And with an environment, I should be able to indicate something about the people that work or live there. I want to create fantastical things that could exist within the rules of their own universe.
If you'd like, leave some feedback. I'm also open to trading critiques.
I also run a small drawing group in Santa Barbara, CA[/B][/center]
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Hey yoh This is a nice sketchbook you got going. The value studies of color and light are unique. The sketch book panoramics are awesome. The overall layout of everything is very clean. I like that you credit the photographer below the thumbs.
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October 8th, 2011 #12
Amazing work! Those step by step shots were really helpful btw, thanks
October 25th, 2011 #13
I've been messing around a bit with doing studies from movies. I don't recommend doing that with anything you haven't already watched since if you're interested in a story you don't want it stopping every 5 minutes for 10 minutes of unrelated stuff.
In this case I did some rough stills from "The Mechanist". It has a lot of mistakes so it seems like I should spend more time on the next one. I might do something similar with the game "Limbo" later.
I've also been watching some video tutorials by concept artsists Feng Zhu and Xia Taptara (IDrawGirls). It makes me think I should do some studies of John Singer Sargent's work.
I've also been doing a few more observational landscapes in my sketchbook. I'll upload them when I get a chance.
Movie frame studies, at apx. every 10 minutes:
Based on some things I was seeing in Xia Taptara's videos, I did some sketching with a very flattened soft brush.
Also, here's a random thing from August, since I felt it had purdy colors.